File:Sarcophaga nodosa.jpg|thumb|300px|''Sarcophaga nodosa'', a species of flesh fly feeding on decaying meat.
'''Scavenging''' is both a carnivorous
and a herbivorous feeding behavior
in which the scavenger feeds on dead animal and plant material present in its habitat.
[Getz, W. (2011). Biomass transformation webs provide a unified approach to consumer–resource modelling. Ecology Letters, .]
The eating of carrion from the same species is referred to as Cannibalism (zoology)|cannibalism
. Scavengers play an important role in the ecosystem
by consuming the dead animal and plant material. Decomposer
s and detritivore
s complete this process, by consuming the remains left by scavengers.